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Get ready for more of Lena Waithe‘s Twenties. The groundbreaking series, which is the multihyphenate’s second series on BET, has been renewed for a second season. This comes after the first season of the show wrapped up its run on the network earlier this year. Now, a new season of the show will likely return to the airwaves in 2021.

Gabrielle Graham, Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs, and Christina Elmore
Gabrielle Graham, Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs, and Christina Elmore | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

‘Twenties’ debuted its first season earlier this year on BET

Twenties is the first BET series to focus on a queer Black woman and presumably the first series on television to center a masculine-presenting Black woman. According to the network, it “follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie, and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, who spend most of their days talking ‘ish’ and chasing their dreams.”

The show was a long-gestating passion project for Waithe, who conceived it many years ago. Additionally, the project was in development for several years. It was originally in development at BET, but later moved to TBS, where it received a pilot order. Then, ironically, Twenties moved back to BET, where it finally got an official series order. Waithe says the series is semi-autobiographical. However, it has been updated to the present time, reflecting the change that has happened since sin Hollywood since it was first developed.

“This is our world post-my character on Master of None, it’s a world post-Get Out; it’s a world post-Moonlight. This is the first time a masculine-of-center black woman has been the center of a show on prime-time TV,” she said to The New York Times. 

Here’s who stars in the show and what Lena Waithe says about the upcoming season

The show stars  Jonica “Jojo” T. Gibbs as Hattie, Christina Elmore as Marie, Gabrielle Graham as Nia, Sophina Brown as Ida B. Rapper Big Sean, in his on-screen debut, also has a big recurring role in the series.


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Other actors who had a recurring role or guest-starred in the first season of the show include Jenifer Lewis, Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams, Seth Green, Iman Shumpert, Kym Whitley, Chuey Martinez, Marsha Thomason, and Nazanin Mandi.

In a statement via a press release, Waithe said, “It took a long time to get this show on the air, but it was absolutely worth the wait. I needed THIS phenomenal cast and crew to make it happen. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey with this amazing group of people and our incredible viewers.”

Scott Mills, the President of BET, added, “The first season of Twenties, led by the incredible Jonica T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore and Gabrielle Graham, was a joy to watch in every sense. BET has always been about empowering and elevating black stories and we’re so excited to see where Lena Waithe and Susan Fales-Hill’s remarkable vision takes us in the second season.”